Autumn, 1974- College Sophomore I finally began studying at the School of Nursing with my 200 classmates. The lecture hall is huge where we had our nursing theory class (5 hours) and Growth & Development class (3 hours). My most difficult class by far was Physiology (5 hours). They split our class so one half… Continue reading School of Nursing Begins
Autumn 1968 - Ninth Grade "Class, place your fingers on the keys under the paper towel and keep your eyes on the document holder on your left while you type. As soon as you hear the bell ring, that means the typewriter carriage is at the end of the line. Quickly place your hand on… Continue reading Throw That Carriage – Learning to Type
College Freshman - May 1974 "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary..." (Isaiah 40:29-30 KJV). "Pam, Can you please see me after class?" asked my statistics professor. I nervously approached Professor L. who had shared at the beginning… Continue reading Sleeping in Statistics Class
College Freshman - September 1973 " When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Psalm 61:2 " ...and that Rock was Christ." I Corinthians 10:4 (KJV) I entered my nursing adviser's office and sat down. "Mrs. M, I signed up for pre-medicine chemistry rather than pre-nursing chemistry this… Continue reading University Begins – Overwhelmed in Chemistry Class
College Sophomore - Autumn 1974 "Class, after you finish making an occupied bed, put the side-rails up, put the bed in the low position, be sure the patient is comfortable and all desired items are within reach including the call bell. Answer call lights quickly so that patients learn to trust you and do not… Continue reading Trapped on the Stretcher!
Summer - 1976 - Midwest USA I started out the summer working as a Nursing Assistant at Children's Hospital where I had my clinical assignment last summer. They floated me one day to the burn unit and the nurse asked me to watch her do the dressings on a 2-year-old so I could do them… Continue reading Come Aside and Rest A While
Senior Student Nurse in Psychiatry - June 1976 I drove through heavy iron gates and parked my car at the large state mental hospital campus on the edge of the city. After I studied the campus map my professor had given me, I walked toward the locked men's' ward where I was assigned for the… Continue reading Behind Locked Doors